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If you have a Border Collie that you wish to re-home - please read on
Border Collie Rescue no longer keeps a register of dogs waiting to be re-homed (a waiting list).
We now only take in dogs on a first come first served basis
Due to the growing number of unwanted pets we are being asked to take in, our waiting list register had become so extensive it negated our ability to respond to emergency situations and help dogs that were completely homeless or facing euthanasia. At one point we had over 150 dog on our list waiting to come in.
If you have a Border Collie you wish to re-home, and we have a space available when you phone us, we will offer you that space providing you can bring the dog to us within the time agreed during the phone call.
If we have no space we will try and put you in touch with other organisations that may be able to assist you.
We give priority to dogs that are genuinely homeless or facing euthanasia.
This means, in effect, that priority is given to dogs in stray kennels and pounds via a Local Authority Officer, dogs threatened with a court destruction order via a Court or Police Officer, dogs referred to us by Veterinary practitioners having been signed over for euthanasia, dogs referred to us by Social Services or other Authority on behalf of a client or dogs referred to us by a GP or NHS facility on behalf of a client.
In these instances we will need to be contacted by Local Authority, Court, Police, Veterinary practice, Social worker or NHS.
We also try to assist other registered charities with Border Collies needing rehabilitation or working assessment/re-homing and redundant farm dogs.
Unfortunately there is a limit to our resources and consequently a limit as to the numbers of dogs we can take. With more funding and the ability to run more centres we will be able to take in more dogs.
If you have a Border Collie that you now need to re-home, you will need to allow time to find a charity who can take it.
Even then you may not find this easy. An increasing number of rescue groups are reluctant to take on Border Collies and some will refuse completely.
Most rescues will not take in dogs that have shown aggression to humans, particularly towards children.
Some rescue organisations are so busy importing dogs from Ireland they do not have the space to take dogs from members of the UK public.
(We only take in and re-home dogs within the UK. we do not import dogs from Ireland or elsewhere)
If we are unable to assist you by taking in your dog we will try and give you telephone numbers of rescue centres near you..

To contact us about re-homing, do not email us - please phone 0845 604 4941 during office hours - 2 pm to 5 pm weekdays.


If you have a Border Collie you are keeping as a pet and you are experiencing problems, you are not alone.

You may not wish to part with your dog. It may have a training or behavioural issue you wish to overcome but need help with.

If so, we run a telephone advice line and can even arrange one to one assessments at our centre for advice on training and behavioural issues. For details of how to use these services click the link below.


Border Collie Rescue - Advice line

A word of warning about searching for a rescue to take in your dog.
We only suggest you approach a genuine rescue, either a registered non-profit or a registered charity. These can be identified by either a non profit company number or registered charity number. Their status can be verified, the former with Companies House and the latter with the Charities Commission (or OSCR in Scotland)
There are a lot of non charitable rescue's around. Be very wary if using the internet as some of them look quite plausible. If they are not a non-profit or charity, they are a business exploiting the situation of numbers of unwanted pets for profit. Some of them are outright scams, dog dealers seeking to get around commercial licensing laws by posing as a good cause. They also often seek to avoid paying income tax they would be liable for as a business by keeping below the horizon of HMRC.
Such scams usually describe themselves as "not for profit" and do not provide a contact address on their website and will hide behind a mobile phone number so they are more difficult to trace and hold accountable. Their websites are designed to look or 'feel' similar to the websites of genuine charities and they will use similar domain names to get in the search engine lists alongside the charities they emulate. They will also seem to get a higher than average proportion of puppies as these will be sourced commercially (puppy farms) usually from Wales or Ireland. Puppies are easy and quick to re-home!
These commercial rescue are not regulated like registered Charities and Non-profits and are only accountable to themselves for their actions and funds. If you give them money you are giving it to a private individual and it belongs to them personally and may be subject to tax. If you sign your dog over to them you are giving it away to a private individual and it belongs to them to do with as they please. Sometimes you may be asked to make a "donation" or pay a fee when handing over your dog. No genuine rescue or charity would make this a condition - by demand or emotional blackmail. The worst sort of scams will demand payment for taking a dog in then dump the dog on the streets or have it destroyed using some of the money you paid them and keeping the rest as profit.
Until Rescue is properly regulated in the UK such people will be able to take advantage - don't get caught and don't let your dog get caught either.
There are many reasons why a Border Collie may be turned down by a genuine rescue charity.
Many BC that have been kept as pets have developed problems and trauma's that are difficult for many rescue groups to overcome. The time and effort they have to spend on re-habilitating one BC can be given to a dozen or more dogs of other breeds that are more suited to being household pets.
They can therefore re-home more dogs if they don't fill their kennels with Border Collies. Many rescues set great store by quantity and cherry pick dogs to take in..
Most rescue groups are only set up to re-home dogs as pets. They know that a high proportion of BC's they take in need more from life than a family home can offer, which is why most pet BC's are put up for re-homing. If a rescue is unable to assess a dog for its herding capabilities or re-home a dog into a working home they know that any re-homing is likely to undo work they have done rehabilitating the dog and result in more problems with the dog coming back to them again, and again.
Most rescue centres use kennels to accommodate the dogs they take in. Many Border Collies quickly become over stimulated in a kennel environment, making it more difficult to identify any problems and apply behavioural modification programs. In many cases a Border Collie coming into a kennel environment will develop worse problems than any it came in with.
Even Border Collies that have no apparent behavioural problems have to be re-homed very carefully and can be intolerant of children, over stimulated in busy environments and develop problems if left home alone. As the majority of applications to adopt dogs come from families with children, living in urban environments with 'mum' and 'dad' both in full time work, the Border Collies is not an ideal breed for these people.
Finally - every rescue centre we know and deal with are asked to take on far more dogs than they can sensibly deal with - they are all under huge pressure. Those that work responsibly and do not cut corners have built up extensive waiting lists, averaging 12 weeks or more.
It is not surprising - given these facts - that Border Collies are less welcome in rescue centres than other breeds of dog.

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